Feb 15, 2018 8:00 AM


A healthy lifestyle is important before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis. Everyone, including cancer patients and survivors, can lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, these tips may lower your risk of developing a second cancer. They can also help detect cancer early, when it is often easier to treat.

Tips to Lower Your Cancer Risk for Cancer Patients and Survivors

  • Talk with your doctor about survivorship care plans. Survivorship care plans include a complete record of your cancer history and treatment, any need for future checkups, tests, or screenings, and ideas for staying healthy.
  • Create a relationship with a primary care physician and visit them once a year. Talk with them about cancer screenings.
  • Learn to manage stress. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has many programs, classes, and resources for patients.
  • Go to your scheduled oncology appointments.
  • Ask your oncologist these questions:
    • Are there certain cancers I am at an increased risk of?
    • Are there any extra screenings I should be receiving?
    • What signs or symptoms should I be looking for?
    • If I see these signs, what should I do, and what doctor should I see?

Tips to Lower Your Cancer Risk for Everyone

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and you’re concerned about possibly having a second type of cancer, talk with your doctor about your symptoms and concerns.

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